Educating the heart with Karen Bonin

By Carli Pio
November 20, 2003

Edmund Evertt Hale said, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

One person on the Cabrini campus that can’t seem to refuse the opportunity to do anything and everything she can is junior Education major, Karen Bonin.

Since her freshman year when she began as a student worker in the Wolfington Center, Bonin has embraced many opportunities to better not only the Cabrini community, but also the community outside Cabrini’s gate, by means of being a community service leader.

“Karen is a terrifically dedicated and multi-talented young woman. It is great working with her in the Wolfington Center,” said the Coordinator of Community Outreach and Partnerships, Mary Laver. “She has a wonderful blend of patience, organization, people skills and creativity that makes her not only a great Ed major, but also a perfect fit for helping to make the Wolfington Center a student-friendly place where students feel free to come in and brainstorm ideas for getting involved in the community.”

According to Laver, it is because of these attributes that Bonin has been selected as the Student Facilitator for the new Christmas All Year program.

In addition to what she is presently facilitating, Bonin has organized many community service projects at Cabrini in the past. She has found herself representing Cabrini at many student-centered programs in the area. For example, she organized the Hunger and Homeless Awareness Campaign not only last year, but also this year. She also participated in the Border Awareness Experience this past May.

Bonin’s service has not been unnoticed in the least bit. She recently received the Charles A. Mastronardi Service and Leadership Award after having been nominated by the Wolfington Center. This award was distributed to devoted student leaders in the community who set positive examples for others and who are dedicated to community service.

“Not too many people realize that in addition to her other talents, Karen is also a musician and theater production person,” Laver said. “You know that if you went to last year’s Hunger Banquet, so stay tuned for this year too!”

Posted to the web by Stephanie Mangold

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